Families with Style: Finding "Me" Time When You're a Working Mom

Indulgence #5: When you get into the mode of being mom and wife and businesswoman, friendships sometimes take a backseat. Well, there's nothing more fun than connecting with girlfriends. Meeting for coffee or drinks or dinner and a good gossip session can be incredibly indulgent. Try doing things you don't often get to do together. Or schedule things you need '- like your manicure and pedicure '- when your friends need them too. That way, you've taken care of an errand, had some fun and had a chance to cross something off your to-do list. List all of your fun chores, and get your gal pals to join you!

Indulgence #6: When you get home from a tough day, chocolate and ice cream are extremely comforting. Recognize and accept this! You know you're not going to gain weight from one evening's indulgence, so stop acting like you will '- and enjoy some comfort food. I think a bowl of cereal at night can be comfort food. I also find pasta very soothing. Eat things you don't normally allow yourself. I'll bring in goodies "for the kids," and it's extremely satisfying to savor a bit of it myself!

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